Nephrology Nursing Certification

  1. I have been working on a Nephrology/Transplant Unit (med-surg) in a hospital for almost three years now. I am interested in getting certified as a Nephrology Nurse. Presently, nobody on our unit is certified. I spoke to a nurse who attempted to apply years ago and she said that the exam has a lot of hemodialysis content which makes it quite difficult. Our unit cares for renal patients, a number of them are in HD, but we do not perform the dialysis treatments thus we are unfamiliar with the technical aspect of it. I do have a decent understanding of the concept behind HD and other renal replacement therapies.

    I checked the NNCC website and I learned that there is actually another certification for Dialysis Nurses. I am just wondering if anyone knows how the hemodialysis portion of the certification exam for Nephro Nurses and Dialysis Nurses differ. Is it really that technical on the Nephro Nurses exam? By technical, I mean, does it include questions about the hemodialysis procedure itself such as machine operation, water treatment, dialysate, chemical treatments, etc?

    Hoping someone could give me more insight. Thanks fellow RNs! =]
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  3. by   Tish88
    The CNN and CDN certification are certifications for dialysis nurses (nephrology nurses), not for nurses working with renal patients in the hospital.

    The certification is very specific to dialysis, both hemo & PD, and transplantation.
    Approximately one-third of the exam tests the RN's knowledge of hemodialysis. The physiology of renal failure makes up approximately one-third of the exam, with concepts in peritoneal dialysis and renal transplant making up the rest of the exam. The CNN exam contains 200 questions total.
  4. by   kxanuddin
    I am knowledgeable on renal failure. I am also skilled in peritoneal dialysis and kidney/pancreas transplant. It is the hemodialysis portion of the exam that would most likely be a challenge for me. I do intend to apply for CNN. I guess the best I could do is to focus and study more about HD - concept, procedure, etc. But without HD experience, would I actually have the chance of passing the exam?
  5. by   Tish88
    Check first to see if you would even qualify to sit for the exam. There are restrictions as to how many hours you need to have worked in dialysis before you can take the exam. Since you don't do hemodialysis, I don't think you would qualify.
    The website you checked before has all the requirements.

    I personally know dialysis nurses who has been doing hemo for many many years that still can't pass the exam. I took the exam about 18 years ago and I had been in dialysis for 3 years at that time. It was not easy and I studied alot for it.
  6. by   kxanuddin
    Thank you Tish88!
  7. by   whatdoIdonow?
    I'm a new grad who has a new grad classmate who just got hired at a dialysis center. She spoke of starting her orientation/training soon.

    The next day, I picked up a catalog at our local tech college for college courses, and noticed the continuing education catalog as well so I picked it up. On thumbing through it, I was surprised to learn that one can take classes to become trained in dialysis specifically, without being an LPN or RN, through the tech college. It cost about $2000 an 5 months for the classes.

    I don't know if this helps, but part of the program included clinical hours in facilities doing dialysis on patients.

    If I had the time/ $$$ I would probably do it for the training.
  8. by   Rayden
    Are the CNN and CDN certifications recognized in other countries? Like if I was certified then would like to work for a couple of years in the Caribbean or Europe?
  9. by   RN625
    Those certificates are sponsored by ANNA, an American organization. The BONET is international, so is better known worldwide. I took it instead, ANNA requires a bunch of "their" CEUs even to sit for the exam.
  10. by   zero.

    How was the BONENT exam?
  11. by   Tish88
    ANNA does not require you to have "their" CE's to sit for their exam.

    The majority of PCT's who take an exam do not have any CE's prior to taking the exam.
  12. by   zero.
    I contacted BONENT regarding my eligibility, and they confirmed I can sit the computer based examination.

    Are there books that you may recommend to prepare for this test?

    I have the following:

    1. Review of Hemodialysis for Nurses and Dialysis Personnel
    2. Dauguirdas Handbook of Dialysis
    3. Clinical Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation

    To the BONENT certified RN's, how was the exam?
    Last edit by zero. on Jul 12, '12
  13. by   kyledaniel
    hello! I am an RN planning to take the certified nephrology nurse exam this year and I was hoping if anybody can give me study tips on how to pass the exam. I do have the core curriculum for nephrology nursing 5th edition and I tried to read it but some of the topics there are too deep and technical. Do I really have to read that book cover to cover? I have noticed that there are some chapters in the book that talks about the NP's role in CKD and I dont know if i need to read that since im not an NP. As of the moment I am reading another book its called review of hemodialysis for nurses and dialysis personnel 9th edition. Can that book alone help me pass the CNN exam? or should I read the core curriculum as well? Can someone please help me out? thank you!
  14. by   NurseRies
    Try the mometrix CNN review book, amazon has it for $50-60. That's all I did to pass, the core curriculum is too big and more of an outline format, which was minimally helpful to me. What will really help you pass is your experience and knowledge. If you are reading through the material and a lot of it is new information, it will be very hard to pass. The mometrix review guide was all I needed. Hope this helps.